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The Carter Family has probably inspired as many tributes as any country group. Fortunately, Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin's attempt, like Ginny Hawker and Kate Justice's 1999 tribute, is the real thing. Not only do the sing the Carter Family's songs, but they also perform them in the spirit of the originals. This spare and lovingly performed music features Stecher and Brislin taking turns on lead vocals, accompanying themselves on guitars and occasionally mandolin. As far as standouts go on this album, there are so many that it's difficult to know where to begin. Brislin sings a lovely lead on "Bear Creek Blues," backed by Stecher's bluesy guitar work. Her lead on "Dreaming of You Darling" is plaintive and sad, as she sings of her love leaving her for another. Stecher's vocals on "Dark and Stormy Weather" and "Don't Forget This Song" are pure old-time country, delivered in a relaxed, straightforward fashion. Their harmony is occasionally aided by the bass singing of Larry Hanks. The three-part harmony seems just about perfect on religious songs like "Sow Em on the Mountain" and "River of Jordan." These songs are also reminiscent of Stecher's earlier recordings like Going Up on the Mountain (Larry Hanks also sang on this earlier recording). The liner notes manage to be informative as well as entertaining. Stecher writes about the mystique of the Carter Family, their sometimes odd lyrics and titles ("Away Out on the Old Saint Sabbath"), and discusses the individual song choices for the album. This is a wonderful collection that shows how vital old-time music continues to be.
Performance CreditsJody Stecher & Kate Brislin Primary Artist
Kate Brislin Guitar,Vocals
Larry Hanks Vocals
Jody Stecher Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Suzy Thompson Vocals
Technical CreditsCarter Family Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Bob Shumaker Engineer
Jody Stecher Producer,Annotation
Bob Schumaker Engineer